New York Yankees general partner and co-chairperson Hank Steinbrenner died on Tuesday at his Clearwater, Fla. residence.
He was 63 years old.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 14, 2020
The cause of death was a long-standing health issue and not the coronavirus, according to George A. King III and Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
“Hank was a genuine and gentle spirit who treasured the deep relationships he formed with those closest to him,” the Steinbrenner family said in a statement. “He was introduced to the Yankees organization at a very young age, and his love for sports and competition continued to burn brightly throughout his life. Hank could be direct and outspoken, but in the very same conversation show great tenderness and light-heartedness. More than anything, he set an example for all of us in how comfortably he lived enjoying his personal passions and pursuits. We are profoundly saddened to have lost him and will carry his memory with us always.”
Steinbrenner was in his 13th season as a general partner and 11th as a co-chairperson. He helped oversee the team’s business and baseball operations and was involved in player negotiations, long-term player recruitment goals and overall team strategy.
In addition to baseball, Steinbrenner was involved in racing. After two seasons in the Indy Lights series, Steinbrenner Racing partnered with Harding Racing to form Harding Steinbrenner Racing, which competes in the IndyCar series. This year, the team joined Andretti Autosport to become Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Yankees organization and the Steinbrenner family.